Eko moves to Amsterdam
Thai tech scale-up Eko has opened its new European headquarters in Amsterdam. The firm, which provides communication platforms to large businesses, will open the new office on Weteringschans in the city centre. The announcement of the new headquarters in Amsterdam follows a Series B financing round that raised €17.6 million in funding. Eko, which has commercial offices in London and Berlin, is already running a number of pilot schemes at European companies and has more than 500,000 paying users, mainly based in Asia. Its biggest clients include the Thai mobile operator True, hotel giant Radisson and the 7-Eleven retail chain.
A new way for companies to communicate
Eko’s product - which is available for iOS, Android and web - has been likened to popular messaging apps such as Line or WhatsApp, but is designed for businesses that rely on mobile-first, distributed non-desk based workforces, like catering staff, retail employees or mechanics. It offers a number of functionalities, including the ability to turn conversations into actionable tasks, to add files and documents and to have face-to-face conference voice or video calls, all aiming to improve efficiency, productivity and employee engagement. The service is charged on a per-user basis via a tiered pricing system and can be customised to suit individual clients.
Finn McClain, A Dutchman who has worked extensively in the US and is leading Eko in the Netherlands and Europe, said: “Amsterdam is perfect for us. After working for years for several companies in Silicon Valley, I returned to Amsterdam a few years ago. I actually feel the same vibe as in the heydays of the valley. Amsterdam is the tech hub of Europe, with lots of talent, other inspiring scale-ups and a climate that stimulates innovation and entrepreneurship. Hence, this is the right place for Eko to realize expansion. We’re now working hard to attract new staff.”
Amsterdam's thriving tech hub
Eko’s announcement is another boon for Amsterdam’s already thriving tech sector, boasting global players such as Google, Netflix and Microsoft, as well as homegrown successes including TomTom, Booking.com and Adyen. Among the hundreds of tech firms in Amsterdam include a number of growing startups, with Amsterdam ranking high for next-gen tech, and a recent report showing that Dutch companies are ahead in Europe in AI.